2016 ended well, giving a mixture of feelings, reactions and thoughts. The world politics, deaths of celebrities, safeguarding from terrorism, and violence makes us rank it the worst year. In spite of all, the space science, conservation, education, technologies, and a lot more make us rethink our view on the year.
Here are some beautiful shots from the space agencies across the globe during that year, which is enthralling enough to make us forget the odds we had faced the same year.
The International Space Station is seen in this eleven-second exposure as it specifically flies over the famous and noted, US Marine Corps War Memorial. This was shot on February 17, 2016, in Arlington. The NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, including Yuri Malenchenko, along with ESA astronaut Tim Peake on voyage during this expedition.
The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette, in particular, at the left corner as it transits across the face of the Sun. This was taken during the transit on May 9, 2016, from NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In fact, this kind of transit occurs, as Mercury passes between Earth and the Sun. Not to mention, such transit occurs only about 13 times a century. The previous transit was in 2006.
The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 47 crew members. The crew consists of Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of the ESA, including Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos. It landed near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 18, 2016. A key point is that the crew was returning after six long months in space. They are said to have served as members of the Expedition 46 and 47 crews during that period.
This image, as seen in this 30-second exposure, was taken with a circular fish-eye lens. Here the meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower has been photographed. This was taken on August 12, 2016, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 48 crew members. The crew includes Jeff Williams of NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos. This landed near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on September 7, 2016. The crew was returning after approximately 172 long days in space. During this, they served as members of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews on board the International Space Station.
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled from the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) to the launch Pad-0A. This was taken on October 13, 2016, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Orbital ATK’s sixth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will, in particular, deliver over 5,100 pounds of science and research including crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.
The gantry arms close around the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft to secure the rocket. This is a long exposure photograph taken on March 16, 2016, at launch pad 1 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. It carried the crew of Expedition 47.
In this long exposure photograph, the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is seen launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for Expedition 50. The crew members include NASA’s Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. This was taken on November 18, 2016. Whitson, Novitskiy, and Pesquet will spend approximately six months on the orbital complex.